Installing Ubuntu Dapper: The Good, The Bad, The ... well, you know

by Jeremy Jones

I've been all but gushing about Ubuntu since my first experience with it over a year ago and I believe my praise has been well deserved. I just installed Dapper final yesterday and I have a less gushing report. I'll just give a quick summary here.


  • I installed from the "Desktop CD". This started a "live CD" session and gave me an "install" icon on the desktop. That was a little disappointing. I'm sure there is a more efficient way to get to the GUI installer than starting up Gnome.


  • I wanted to look on my hard drive before I began the install and the live Gnome instance refused to mount it. It also refused to mount a USB drive I plugged in before I began the install.


  • The "install interview" process was quick and painless. There was a total of six screens to go through and not one of them required much detailed information. I count this a plus for ease of use and a minus for functionality.


  • grub just automatically installed itself to the master boot record, found my existing Windows XP install and put it in the grub configuration. That's what I wanted to happen, but I'm not happy it just did it.


  • Pretty much everything was working after rebooting: sound, networking, synaptic touchpad including vertical scrolling.


  • NetworkManager (after I installed it) was not working appropriately after resuming from suspend. I had to do a little bit of work in the /etc/acpi scripts to get it working right. At least, I hope it is working right.




7 Comments

Sebastian
2006-06-02 05:39:19
NetworkManager (after I installed it) was not working appropriately after resuming from suspend. I had to do a little bit of work in the /etc/acpi scripts to get it working right. At least, I hope it is working right.


Do you care to share your modifications to the ACPI scipts? I've the same problem here but admittedly I am to lazy to figure out the neccessary steps on my own.


Cheers

Jeremy Jones
2006-06-02 07:34:02
Glad to know I'm not the only one :-)


In /etc/acpi, there are two relevant directories, suspend.d and resume.d. In suspend.d, I added a script named "95-networkmanager-stop.sh" with the contents:


#!/bin/bash


killall NetworkManager
killall NetworkManagerDispatcher


In resume.d, I have a script named "95-networkmanager-start.sh" which contains this:


#!/bin/bash


/usr/sbin/NetworkManager
/usr/sbin/NetworkManagerDispatcher


Basically, the problem appears to be with NetworkManager. I thought it was that the ipw2200 driver/kernel module that my wireless card uses wasn't getting unloaded/reloaded properly on suspend/resume. I modified the unload/reload scripts in the suspend.d and resume.d directories, but that didn't help. I noticed that NetworkManager seemed to work fine after I kicked it in the pants manually, so decided to put this in the acpi stuff. Hope this fixes your problem.

Dale
2006-06-06 08:29:22
I also just installed Dapper Drake. I used the install CD instead of the LiveCD because I wanted to resize the Windows XP partition on my laptop. Somehow, I still have this bizarre idea that I might use it some day, probably for games. The Grub configuration gave me more options. The defaults were the same as what you got, but I was given the opportunity to confirm it.
Justin Watt
2006-06-06 15:35:28
Is this normal?


I wanted to look on my hard drive before I began the install and the live Gnome instance refused to mount it.


Of course once I got to the repartitioning step, I got the following error "Failed to create a file system." I kind of figure my hard drive was b0rked. Thoughts?


Jeremy Jones
2006-06-07 11:01:36
Justin,


This definitely doesn't sound normal. From the other errors on your website, I'd suspect hardware problems/failure. You may want to download a good, small, light live distro and see what it turns up. I'd try booting up a Damn Small Linux and see what happens. Try to get it to mount your hard drive.

ed
2006-06-13 20:20:38
i just finished installing Dapper and was very impressed. I've installed many distos, including the past 3 versions of Ubuntu and this was by far the easiest install ever. I loved the fact that it booted to the LiveCD upon boot. It gives you a chance to see what you're getting (for newbies) and moreover it gives you something to do while you're waiting for all those packages to copy, install & configure!


it also fixed all my laptop's graphic and WLAN problems I was having in Ubuntu Breezy...fwiw...

Jeremy Jones
2006-06-14 04:23:46
Hi ed,


Thanks for the comment. It's good to see a different perspective. Honestly, I didn't care much for the (live cd -> install) path. I installed the alternate install cd and liked it much better. So, it's probably a good thing to have a variety...